Review: Illusions

Illusions is the third book in the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike. It will be released in the U.S. in hardcover and eBook formats on May 3, 2011. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Published by HarperTeen the print edition is 384 pages.

Interesting note – On Barnes & Noble I just discovered that they call this the Laurel series. Pretty cool!

Goodreads description:

Laurel hasn’t seen Tamani since she begged him to let her go last year. Though her heart still aches, Laurel is confident that David was the right choice.

But just as life is returning to normal, Laurel discovers that a hidden enemy lies in wait. Once again, Laurel must turn to Tamani to protect and guide her, for the danger that now threatens Avalon is one that no faerie thought would ever be possible. And for the first time, Laurel cannot be sure that her side will prevail.


Laurel was worried she had sent him away forever, her protector and “impish guardian.” She thought she might never again see the love that burned for her in his emerald green eyes.

But never in a million years did she imagine she’d see him standing in the hallway at her school, dressed like every other student in a T-shirt and jeans…and wearing shoes.

With Tamani’s reappearance things are definitely bound to get more complicated. Just because she chose David does not mean that Tamani is willing to give up the fight. He’s got nothing to lose when it comes to Laurel and all the time in the world to win her back.


Illusions, the third book in the Wings series by Aprilynne Pike is even more enchanting and filled with magic than the first two books. All of our favorite characters have returned, including Tamani who is now attending school as a human with Laurel, David, Chelsea and Ryan.

Laurel is still facing dangers from the trolls and her every move is watched by her protectors. But now the suspicious arrival of a new girl in town has left everyone to question what her purpose for being there is and what exactly does she know about the faeries and Avalon.

Aprilynne Pike has written a bewitching story in this series that will completely captivate readers, if not from the first page, then definitely from the third. Her writing is effortless and reading her story is an utterly delectable treat and the perfect escape into a world of faeries, trolls, romance and magic.

Illusions continues the love triangle between Laurel, David and Tamani, it continues the adventure and mystery and leaves readers hanging ten on the edge of a cliff.

This book and series will be enjoyable for readers of just about any age who like a story that is sweet but not simple, one that has just a touch of unrequited love but nothing too dire, and one that takes you into the magical and mystical world of the faeries.

Reviewer gives this book [rating=5]

On a personal note:

I love this series and Illusions is no exception. I was so completely excited to get a copy of this book in advance that I think I traded with two different people for it. I breezed through the one copy I do already have in one sitting, even though I had to read it from a printed book. (I read much faster on my eReaders.)

I will not give away any spoilers if I can help it, but Tamani’s back! My favorite character in the series is in this book in a major way and oh do I love that. We even get a few chapters from his perspective. He is everything a male lead should be. He’s got the looks. He’s got the loyalty and devotion. He’s got the confidence – without too much arrogance. He’s got the moves. And yes, he can even make Laurel tremble whenever he gets close. How perfect is that?

So, there is a love triangle again. Some readers hate the triangle – I am not a hater. Although I did scream at Laurel a couple times in this story because of said triangle and cheered her mom on – her mom is so awesome!

Some seriously bad stuff is brewing and we aren’t given too many answers in this book, which does end in a cliffhanger. That’s okay. It’s not one that will leave you completely screaming in agony, but it is one that will leave you begging for answers and pleading for more.

If you haven’t read the first two books what are you waiting for? You can cruise through them in one day – it’s just so easy to fall in love with them – and you’ll be ready in time for the release of this book. (And hopefully you’ll love Tamani as much as I do!)

Favorite line from the ARC – which I am hoping and praying they don’t change in the finished copy:

“I just don’t want to cozy up to the guy whose girl I have every intention of stealing.”


To read a short excerpt on the author’s blog click here and scroll down to read.

To read chapter one from Illusions on the author’s blog, CLICK HERE.

I haven’t yet found the official trailer for Illusions at the time of this post, but I just discovered this really cool one for Spells. (At least I think it’s pretty awesome.) So, if you haven’t seen it, check it out, below.

Book trailer for Spells, the 2nd book in the Wings series:

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